The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) initiative will help you improve the sustainability and efficiency of your laboratories.
What is LEAF?
LEAF contains criteria which lab users can implement around areas such as waste & recycling, equipment management, procurement, and more. Criteria are divided into Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. A key feature of LEAF is that it allows you to quantify your savings and impact in pounds and carbon.
LEAF is being supported by the (UK reproducibility network), as it contains criteria which improve research quality. This is in recognition of the fact that science which is reproducible is the most sustainable of all, and that there are common solutions to improving research quality and sustainability.
This year at UCL, we had 36 teams submit for LEAF (ranging from single labs to full institutes). Early results are positive, and we will be publishing outcomes of the pilot in August 2019.
Who else is talking about LEAF?
- Click ; to read what SES said about the LEAF pilot
- Click ; to read a blogpost from the AMRC on LEAF
- Click ; to read a series of articles from Efficiency Exchange on Sustainable Science, Reproducibility, and LEAF
- Click ; to see how the University of Bristol is using LEAF
- Click ; to read an EAUC blog post on LEAF
- Click ; to read UCL announce LEAF
- Click here to read Universities UK endorse LEAF;
- Click here the UCL Life Science Student Publication;
- Click here to read an article from C&EN (Chemical & Engineering News) on LEAF, plastics, and more;
- Click here to read an article from Chemistry World;
- Click here to read an article from Chemstry World on LEAF and reducing lab waste;
- Click here to read an interview with Martin Farley and Cristina Azevedo in ecrLIFE.
Who is LEAF for?
- LEAF is intended for anyone working in a lab, including research, teaching, IT, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Engineering and clinical spaces. This includes NHS areas.
- LEAF is ideal for technical staff, lab management, PhDs and post-docs with an interest in sustainability, or anyone working around laboratories.
Many laboratories recognise that there are few incentives to improve the sustainability of their environments. LEAF is intended to provide a comparable standard of good practice. LEAF can help inspire new measures,
UCL is developing LEAF with a group of research-intensive universities, including King’s College London, Cambridge, and Bristol. The goal is to evidence the impact from a wide group of universities, to show that your efforts do make a difference. Evidence from the pilot will be presented to research funding bodies and the wider community. We’re hoping that the funding bodies will use this data to help drive extensive sustainable research, so your involvement makes a difference beyond your labs!
What did LEAF achieve?
Who used LEAF in 2018/2019?
- University College London
- King’s College London
- Imperial University
- Queen Mary, University of London
- University of Brighton
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- University of Strathclyde
- Swansea University
- University College Cork
- University of Bristol
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- University of Manchester
- University of East Anglia
- Cambridge University
- Francis Crick Institute